Edith “Thelma” Johannesen_________________________
Edith "Thelma" Johannesen, age 97, Quinn, S.D., died March 2, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.
Edith "Thelma" Chadwick was born January 24, 1917, to Elvin and Edith (Rush) Chadwick in Wabasha, Minn., in her Grandma Chadwick’s home. At six months of age they moved to St. Paul, Minn. A year and a half later, she was joined by her sister, Stella. Because of her father’s declining health, they moved to Cottonwood when she was 11 years old. There were lots of things for a city girl to learn on the farm. She worked on the N.Y.A. program making mattresses until Pearl Harbor was bombed and the program was stopped.
On December 17, 1941, she married Harry Johannesen, the love of her life, in Rushville, Neb. They moved on the hill above her parents. Two years later they started their family. She enjoyed raising a big garden and canning. She loved seeing all the animals on the farm, especially the baby animals. Every year she raised lots of chickens.
In November 1970, she was widowed. She continued to live on the farm with her son, Howard, until June 2006 when he suddenly passed away. Then she moved to Rapid City to live with her daughter, Betty, and her husband, Bruno.
She enjoyed reading, writing letters to people in the hospital, military, or any other occasion, solving crossword puzzles and visiting with family and friends. After a fall in May 2010 she was unable to walk again so moved into the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in New Underwood.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty (Bruno) Blaszkowski of Rapid City; her sons, Gene (Ester) Johannesen and Jerry (Jody) Johannesen, all of Wall; 14 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her son, Howard; her parents; and her sister, Stella.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Wall, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Friday.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Darwin Kopfman officiating.
Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Quinn.
A memorial has been established to the Good Samaritan Center of New Underwood.